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Synonyms of reduce in English:


  • 1 the aim is to reduce pollution
    lessen, make less, make smaller, lower, bring down, decrease, turn down, diminish, take the edge off, minimize;
    shrink, narrow, contract, shorten, foreshorten, truncate, taper, close, abbreviate, condense, concentrate, abridge;
    deplete, axe, cut, cut back/down, make cutbacks in, scale down, trim, slim (down), prune, chop, curtail, limit;
    moderate, lighten, ease, dilute, mitigate, commute, qualify, alleviate, relax, abate;
    Finance  amortize
    [Antonyms] increase, enlarge
  • 2 he succeeded in reducing her to tears
    bring to, bring to the point of, force into, drive into
  • 3 he was jailed for five years and reduced to the ranks
    demote, downgrade, lower, lower in rank/status;
    abase, humble, demean, belittle, humiliate, bring low
    North American informal bust
    [Antonyms] promote
  • 4 ribs of beef have been reduced to £1.88 a pound
    make cheaper, lower the price of, lower/cut in price, cheapen, cut, mark down, discount, put on sale, offer at a giveaway price
    informal slash, knock down
    [Antonyms] put up
  • Phrases

    in reduced circumstances
    impoverished, in straitened circumstances, ruined, bankrupt, bankrupted, bust, insolvent;
    poor, indigent, penurious, impecunious, in penury, moneyless, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitous;
    needy, in need/want, badly off, hard up, on one's beam-ends, unable to make ends meet, underprivileged;
    British  on the breadline, without a penny (to one's name)
    informal broke, flat broke, cleaned out, strapped for cash, strapped, on one's uppers
    British informal stony broke, skint, without two pennies/(brass) farthings to rub together, in Queer Street
    North American informal stone broke
    rare pauperized, beggared
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